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Harry Nilsson News (2022-08-09)


The Nilsson Show - A Tribute to the Songs of Harry Nilsson at the Colony in Woodstock, NY (September 22, 2022)

On September 22, 2022, Eric Squindo Presents will present The Nilsson Show - A Tribute to the songs of Harry Nilsson at the Colony performing arts theater in Woodstock, New York.

 

Since 2019, Eric Squindo Presents has been producing a unique brand of tribute shows for the Colony stage. Paying homage to influential writers such as Tom Waits and Dolly Parton, to the songs of The Muppets and 'The Basement Tapes' (Bob Dylan & The Band), the events have brought together some of the Hudson Valley's finest musicians to deliver their own stylized interpretations. Collaboration between musicians, and an intimate 'at home' atmosphere offer a one-of-a-kind experience that these events have been celebrated for.[1]

 



Harry Nilsson News (2022-07-20)


Harry Nilsson's "Perfect Day" Opens Episode of "Better Call Saul"

Harry Nilsson's "Perfect Day'" plays during the opening montage of season six, episode nine of the TV show "Better Call Saul." Rather than Nilsson's original version, the show uses a new recording of the song by Dresage and Slow Shiver. The episode originally aired on July 18, 2022. Supposedly, a new recording of the song was commissioned because the original version wasn't long enough for the scene.

 

"Perfect Day" by Dresage and Slow Shiver

 

 

Harry Nilsson News (2022-06-17)


Harry Nilsson Tribute Night, June 26, 2022, at Long Play Lounge - East (Austin, Texas)

On June 22, 2022, The Long Play Lounge - East in Austin, Texas, will host the "Harry Nilsson Tribute Night."

 

The evening features Juliet McConkey, Andy Bianculli (Star Parks), P. T. Banks, Stephanie Hunt (Buffalo Hunt), Matt Gilchrist, and Sam Rives performing Harry Nilsson'sThe Point!” The show starts at 9:00pm and costs $10.

 

For more information, visit https://www.thelongplaylounge.com/lpeast-event/harry-nilsson-tribute-night/.

 

 

Harry Nilsson News (2022-05-20)


See the "The Point!" with Kiefo Nilsson and Pamela Adlon

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, California, will preview its 2022 Summer repertory season on June 4, 2022, at 4pm.

 

Following a presentation from each of the four plays in the summer season will be a live performance of Harry Nilsson’s 1970 album, The Point! starring Kiefo Nilsson, Pamela Adlon, and a 14-piece orchestra.

 

For more information and tickets, please visit:

 

https://theatricum.com/the-point/

 

 

Harry Nilsson News (2022-04-04)

Original LCD Soundsystem Members Reunite for DFA Records 20th Anniversary Party

LCD Soundsystem's original line-up has performed together at a party celebrating the twentieth anniversary of DFA Records.

 

The last time that the group's original members, James Murphy, Nancy Whang, Pat Mahoney, Tyler Pope, and Phil Mossman shared the stage together was fifteen years earlier.

 

At the March 26, 2022, party in New York City the group played five songs including Harry Nilsson's "Jump Into the Fire" which had last been performed by the group on April 2, 2011, at Madison Square Garden. LCD Soundsystem often included "Jump Into the Fire" as an encore to end their concerts. [1]

 

 

 

 



 

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Martoni's

Martoni's Italian Restaurant at 1523 Cahuenga Blvd in Hollywood, California, opened in 1960 and quickly became a favorite of Hollywood's elite, especially musicians.

 

In "When Harry Met E. J." artist/writer/photographer/musician/..., E. J. Gold, recalls having lunch with Harry Nilsson after Harry's audition for Rick Jarrard at RCA:

After the excitement following the audition had died down - it took a while, believe me, because nobody in the industry had ever heard anyone quite like Harry before - several of us, Harry among them, had lunch at Martoni's, hit it off great, were great friends thereafter, and still are.

 

When recording at nearby RCA Studios, Harry Nilsson would often visit Martoni's:

There was an Italian restaurant, Martoni's, very close to RCA and it would stay open late for us and we'd go and eat there and then they'd drink a couple of bottles of wine, and whatever else they were particularly liking that night. And then they'd go back to the recording session again. Total craziness. Those were pretty amazing nights. Actually Harry got into wine at that time, now I think about it. He used to drink some pretty expensive bottles of wine, some very nice wine!

-- Samantha Juste [1]

 

In his interview for the "One Last Touch of Nilsson" article (and Personal Best liner notes) Nilsson recalled running into Chip Douglas at Martoni's in 1967:

I said, 'Hi, Chip! What are you doing?' 'I'm producing these guys.' I said, 'I'm sorry, who are these guys?' He said, 'These are the Monkees.' I had heard all the publicity about them, but I didn't know what they looked like. I said, 'Oh, fantastic!' They were doing their first or second album. Chip said to the Monkees, "Harry is a fantastic writer. I would like to take him into the studio and let you hear a couple of tunes of his.' I said, 'Sure, I'd love to.' He said, 'Would you come over now?' I said, 'Yeah, I'd love it.' Especially because I'd heard rumors that they were going at four million record sales out of the box.

 

In his unpublished autobiography, Harry Nilsson recalls being picked up at Martoni's for his first meeting with George Harrison:

I was met by a car at Martoni's in Hollywood, transferred, and driven to a point in the Beverly Hills area. There I was transferred to another car, and to Blue Jay Way, where we passed the house, turned around and came back, to see if we were followed. I was ushered into this beautiful house with an open main room and a bar. To the right was a large back area with the pool, statuary and so forth.
Not knowing anyone and feeling very nervous and shaky about meeting a Beatle ... Derek Taylor took me by the hand and introduced me to his wonderful wife Joan, who was pregnant with Dominic at the time ... Derek took my elbow and led me outside. I was looking around wondering, "Where is the man?" Finally I saw him. He was standing at the far end of this long, narrow swimming pool in a white windblown robe with a beard and long hair, looking like Christ with a camcorder. So there he is!
Derek said, "George, I’d like you to meet the man."
He walked me over and said, "George, this is Harry. Harry Nilsson - George Harrison." George says, "Yeah, right, Harry. Can we get you something, a Coke, a coffee, or something?" He was looking me over and I thought, "Wow! He’s offering me something to eat or drink! This is amazing!"

-- Harry Nilsson[2]

 

Radio personality ("professional rock and roll interviewer"), Doug Thompson, recalled moving to Los Angeles, California, in 1970, and visiting Martoni's:

During the many months that I popped in for a quick bite, I saw dozens of celebrities, including the legendary (and now infamous Phil Spector, whose usually haunt was Cantor’s Delicatessen on Fairfax, near Fairfax High where Phil went to school). I used to see Harry Nilsson practically every night, but he mainly frequented a bar on Sunset down the block called The Jolly Roger.[3]

 

In a 1971 column in Cashbox, Ed Kelleher writes about seeing Nilsson, among many other celebrities, while dining at Martoni's:

 

A week before he left for Europe, the Jay Gatsby of rock, Harvey Geller, and I held one of our ritual rendezvous at Martoni's, where we eat salad, watch the front door, and generally do a turn as part of the music industry atmosphere that keeps Mario and Tony in pasta. Harv waved at Herb Eiseman. I waved at Nick Sevano, who was entering with Anne Murray, then we both waved at my cousin Sal, the bartender [...]
[...]
"Remember one thing," Harvey suggested, pausing between garbanzo beans. "It never hurts to put a lot of names in the column." 
"I'll do that, Harv," I assured him, waving at Larry Van Nuys, who was waving at Harry Nilsson, who was waving at Grelun Landon, who was smiling at every-one and passing out 1971 Elvis pocket calendars. Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night and The Grass Roots walked in, taking bar space vacated seconds earlier by Chicago, Poco, Seatrain, Seals & Crofts, Joy of Cooking, Dawn, The Poppy Family, The Partridge Family and James Taylor, who was looking for his brothers and sisters.
"My guest column will be a symphony of proper nouns," I promised. 

-- Ed Kelleher (1971) [4]

 

In 1983, Harry and his friend, Michael Macaluso, ran into Rob Reiner at Martoni's, They turned down Reiner's invitation to be a part of a concert he was filming for a rock movie.[5]

 

Martoni's closed in 1994, shortly after the Northridge Earthquake (and, coincidently, Harry Nilsson's passing).

 



Welcome to the Harry Nilsson Web Pages

This site is dedicated to the music and memory of Harry Nilsson. From the late 1960s through the early '90s, Nilsson produced music that both challenged norms and celebrated the past - often within the same song.
On first listen, his early Pandemonium Shadow Show is just an appealing collection of bouncy pop songs, a product of the time when it was released. But, on closer listen songs like "1941" and "Without Her" feature poignant and wistful lyrics on top of their upbeat, pop melodies. To the listener in the late 1960s, the melodies and songs, such as “Freckles” sometimes invoked what would have seemed a nostalgic air, but they still sound fresh more than fifty years later.
Nilsson remained unconventional throughout his career. He never toured to support an album and he made few TV appearances. He released an album of songs which were all written by another songwriter. He recorded an album of standards in front of an orchestra. He followed up his best selling album and song with an album featuring a song pretty much guaranteed to surprise, if not offend, his new fans.
Harry ventured into movies and TV, creating a classic animated story (“The Point!”) and writing the music and songs for the once-panned, but now cult favorite, film Popeye starring Robin Williams.
In the last years of his life, after his friend John Lennon was shot and killed, Harry stepped back from music and, ironically perhaps, more into the public eye as the spokesperson for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence advocating for sensible gun laws in America.
A heart attack took Harry’s life in early 1994. Yet, his memory lives on in the hearts and minds of his friends, family, and fans. And his music lives on with Sony releasing a comprehensive collection of his works on CD and his music being featured prominently in TV and movies.